The thyroid is a gland at the front of your neck which is located just beneath the Adam’s apple. Thyroid is just two inches long and has two hormone-secreting lobes which are connected by a narrow strip. These hormones have the role to regulate variety of essential metabolic functions, such as: respiration, heart rate, body temperature, and activities involving the central and peripheral nervous systems. If the thyroid gland is unhealthy, you won’t feel well.
Simple thyroid-related blood tests can often diagnose if the thyroid gland doesn’t work well. What is more, effective thyroid treatment includes the appropriate dose of synthetic thyroxine. You can also improve the health of the thyroid gland by few lifestyle changes.
Read on the several conditions, which may be connected to a gland that doesn’t work properly.
Hypothyroidism is a disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone: thyroid stimulating hormone ( TSH ) or thyroxine ( T4 ). The deficiency of these hormones can depress your metabolism and you may cope with the following symptoms.
Reduced heart rate
• Sensitivity to cold
• Dry skin
• Depression signs
Treatment for this disease involves the administration of synthetic T4 in pill form. It’s very important to get the right dose, because otherwise you may trigger hyperthyroidism.
This disease is autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system targets and breaks down the thyroid. This leads to interfering the ability of the gland to produce T4 and TSH. This condition progress slowly.
Hyperthyroidism means an overactive thyroid gland. This condition is often precipitated by the growth of nodules that can be benign or malignant. This condition has the opposite symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as:
• High heart rate
• Brittle hair and nails
• Weight loss
• Bad sleep
This condition can be diagnosed by checking TSH and T4 levels. If they are high then the gland is hyperactive. Treatment in this case is more complicated, because it involves the try to prevent the gland from secreting hormones, which is done with medications or with surgery or radiation.
In the U.S.A, grave’s disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. This disease is autoimmune, where the immune system search and kill mission causes the gland to overproduce hormones. This disease is characterized by exophthalmos. During grave’s condition the eyes bulge or protrude from the skull.
Grave’s disease is hereditary, but bad lifestyle choices such as smoking can provoke it. Pregnancy and stress levels are also risk factors.
If you consume enough iodine in your diet, this gland may become enlarged. The goiter condition is rare in the U.S.A. This condition can be also caused by hyperthyroidism.
If you suspect to suffer from this condition, do lifestyle changes which will help you to keep the clinical condition at bay.
• Increase the intake of HDL cholesterol levels. Yes, cholesterol is bad when it clogs the blood vessels, but is essential building blocks used by the body in order to produce hormones. Great source of HDL cholesterol foods include: olive oil, whole grains, fatty fish like salmon and cod, and nuts.
• Experiment with not consuming gluten foods: Gluten molecules are actually similar to the molecules which form this gland. When the immune system detects and kills the gluten molecule, it can go after that gland.
• Practice meditation: Get relieved from stress by practising meditation. Meditation will not only help you to be stressless, but will also help your body to achieve equilibrium.